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Completed in February 2011 after nearly four years of construction, the Cypress Avenue Bridge was nominated as the Structure Project of the Year in California. Other finalists include a viaduct in Los Angeles and the Big Bear Bridge in Big Bear. The winner will be announced at the 23rd Annual Transportation Awards luncheon on May 23 in Sacramento.
The Cypress project was one of 128 overall contest nominations. The awards “recognize excellence in California transportation, all modes, public and private sector and from all regions of the state,” according to the CTF.
The Cypress Avenue Bridge replaced two separate (eastbound and westbound) spans that were built in 1948 and 1968, respectively. In addition to adding two more lanes, the bridge meets modern seismic requirements and includes significant improvements that make it pedestrian and cyclist friendly.
Founded 24 years ago, the California Transportation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support California’s transportation community. It provides education, training, memorial grants and scholarships to those in the transportation industry.
-from press release